Seven Passengers Injured When Newark-Bound United Flight Diverts Due to Turbulence

by Anthony Losanno
United SWF

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United Airlines flight UA85 from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) diverted to New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) after the aircraft encountered turbulence so bad it was described as riding a rollercoaster at “Six Flags.”

The Boeing 787-10 hit heavy winds that rocked the aircraft and caused it to change course after it was only 750 feet from the ground at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). 318 passengers were on board with seven being taken to the hospital for injuries and an additional 15 treated on site. New Windsor Emergency Medical Services sent 25 paramedics and a fleet of ambulances to attend to the injured passengers.

The aircraft stayed on the ground at New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) for around two hours before it proceeded to its original destination.

Anthony’s Take: Turbulence is real and seemingly getting worse. It’s imperative to always wear your seatbelt to minimize potential injuries.

(Featured Image Credit: @BlaiseGomez12 via X.)

(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo.)

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